Meditation can help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition.
I believe that my own personal journey of 'awakening' to my spirit and energy began with meditation. I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008 and my whole body was in terrible pain. I was so fatigued and weak that for months on end I did not get out of bed. The doctors prescribed a cocktail of pills that all had side effects and made me feel even worse. I was 26 years old and for the first time in my life I began to question my body and how it works. I also began to look more at holistic health as I was feeling like Western medicine was failing me. The frustration of the body and mind not cooperating truly drove me to learn more.
I had tried meditation in 2004 when I had slipped disks in my back that flared up. The NHS physio actually gave me a CD 'Meditations for Pain'. I did benefit from that CD and still have it today as a keepsake. This was my only experience of meditation though. Purely for pain. There was nothing spiritual attached to it.
During the time I was battling the fibromyalgia diagnosis my parents had both been a part of a meditation group and were practising all kinds of meditations and breathing techniques at home daily as well. I noticed that they started to really shine and they suggested to me that the meditation could really help me too. They recommended Glenn Harrold and I literally listened to him almost all day long on and off for a week. I had been feeling subtle shifts in my mood and body each day but after that first week of meditations I was able to get out of bed and slowly but surely it began to really help to shift in into a new awareness of my energy and my inner dialogue. This had a profound effect on my mind, body and spirit.
I have since explored many different styles of meditation. For me, simply being 'present' creates an awareness that is a meditation mind, being still in my mind and being the observer of the monkey mind.
Many people say to me ''I can't meditate'' and my response is that EVERYONE can meditate! All we need to do is explore meditation enough to know which style will suit us best. To me, meditation is being able to focus on one thing or no thing. As long as we can quiet the mental chatter and become an observer of 'the monkey mind'. Gardening is a meditation, art can be a meditation or physical exercise. Rarely do we do these things with other things on our mind. We focus and we are in the moment when we run, or paint or plant a flower. These are just a few examples. Many creative people say how they are in another 'space' when they create and in this 'space' amazing insights and intuitions can occur.
After studying Hypnosis myself, it just reinforced to me how hard wired our thoughts, our brains are to worry, be fearful and stressful. Meditation is like a rest button from negative to positive. We keep training the brain to observe the thoughts, unattach from them and gives us an opportunity to plant seeds of thought processes that will serve our well-being in all areas of our life.